Tensions between CD Projekt Red and the author of The Witcher novels have finally settled. Today, the company that both parties have signed an agreement for an ongoing relationship between itself and author Andrzej Sapkowski.
According to CD Projekt’s statement, the agreements “satisfies and fully clarifies the needs and expectations of both parties, past and present.” It also lays out a framework for future cooperation between the two, granting CD Projekt new rights and confirming its title to The Witcher IP in relation to video games, graphic novels, board games, and merchandise.
Adam Kiciński, president of CD Projekt, says that CD Projekt Red has admired Sapkowski’s works. “I believe today marks a new stage in our continued relationship,” Kiciński says.
The company had clashed with Sapkowski in October 2018 over royalties Sapkowski demanded from the popular Witcher video game series, to the tune of 60 million PLN, or roughly $16.1 million USD. In an interview with Eurogamer from 2017, Sapkowski lamented not foreseeing the game series’ success:
“They offered me a percentage of their profits,” Sapkowski told Eurogamer. “I said, ‘No, there will be no profit at all – give me all my money right now!’ The whole amount. It was stupid. I was stupid enough to leave everything in their hands because I didn’t believe in their success. But who could foresee their success? I couldn’t.”
Earlier this year, it was reported that the two parties were nearing a resolution to the dispute. No disclosure has been made of what specifics this new deal between the two parties amounts to, other than CD Projekt’s continued use of the IP. That will be handy, especially once it’s launched the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 on April 16, 2020.